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Prepare for summer cycling

10 June, 2014 0 comments

Summer Cycling - things to remember

 

Prepare For Summer Cycling

Summer is on our doorsteps folks! This year, make sure you're prepared to make the most of our legendary short burst of warm weather. You know how it is - the kids break up, or you have a few weeks off work, and before you've had time to blink, it's all over for another year and cold again.

By making sure your bike is in top form, and by planning ahead, you'll save time in the long run, and will be better able to take advantage of the long, sunny days and light nights.

 

Give Your Bike Some TLC

The most important thing about getting ready for summer cycling is giving your bike a thorough check-over. The last thing you want to happen is to be out on the most glorious day of the year, and find your brakes aren't working properly, or your tyres are quickly going soft.

 

To Do List:

 

Get Friends Involved

Cycling with friends is a fun way to stay in touch and in shape. However, it can be difficult to get people motivated. But you can have a positive impact with your motivation. Remind them cycling is a great way to boost your mood and keep the weight off. Here are a few things to mention to friends who just want to sleep in the sun with a cold drink in each hand.

 

Great Reasons To Cycle:

 

When you manage to organise a ride - be it a few miles with a pub visit at the end, or a weekend trip to the Scottish Highlands - keep in regular contact with your friends, reminding them of what's coming up, and share suggestions about cafes your could visit or viewpoints you could check out. Perhaps organise a day where you all get your bikes ready together. Heaven knows it's more fun cleaning if there's more than one of you!

 

Organise Your Cycling Wear

You don't want to be raking through your wardrobe on a sunny morning, trying to find something suitable to cycle in, so organise! The best clothes for summer cycling are made from lightweight, natural fibres. Keep them in a separate drawer from your other clothes so you can grab and go.

 

Summer Essentials:

 

Choosing The Best Bag

There's a lot of debate about the best equipment to use to carry your bits and pieces. Some people swear by backpacks, while others wouldn't dream of using anything else but a pannier. At the end of the day, it's down to personal choice.

 

Backpack Advantages:

 

Backpack Disadvantages:

 

Pannier Advantages:

 

Pannier Disadvantages:

 

Plan Some Good Routes

Get everyone excited about summer cycling and plan some exhilarating routes! Mark planned dates on a calendar, and if you have kids, have them tick off the days. The UK has miles of stunning coastal and countryside scenery, and the best way to enjoy it is on two wheels.

 

Tips For A Great Trip:


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